Letter 3760

Date 9/21 January 1889
Addressed to Fyodor Becker
Where written Frolovskoye
Language Russian
Autograph Location Saint Petersburg, State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, Central Music Library (VII.2.4.154)
Publication П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том XV-А (1976), p. 20

Text and Translation

Russian text
English translation
By Brett Langston
9 янв[аря] [18]89

Многоуважаемый Фёдор Федорович!

Я написал Юргенсону, чтобы Вам выслали копию с хора для мужских голосов, написанного мной в прошлом году и нигде ещё не исполнявшегося (текст Вел[икого] кн[язя] Константина Константиновича). Кроме того, я постараюсь написать не позже будущей недели хор для смешанных голосов и вручу Вам его или лично (ибо буду в Петербурге на будущей неделе), или через оркестрового капельдинера Давыдова.

Примите уверение в истинном уважении моем,

П. Чайковский

9 January 1889

Most respected Fyodor Ivanovich!

I've written to Jurgenson [1] to send you a copy of the chorus for male voices, which I wrote last year and has yet to be performed anywhere (words by Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich) [2]. Besides this, I shall endeavour to write a chorus for mixed voices no later than next week and hand it you personally (because I shall be in Petersburg next week), or through the concertmaster Davydov [3].

Please accept this assurance of my true respect,

P. Tchaikovsky

Notes and References

  1. This letter to Pyotr Jurgenson has not survived.
  2. The chorus Blessed is He Who Smiles (TH 83).
  3. Becker's letter of 8/20 January 1889 asked Tchaikovsky to write two secular choruses for a forthcoming concert by the choir of the Saint Petersburg Imperial Theatres. The new composition for mixed voices was The Nightingale, and would have its first performance at Becker's concert on 19/31 March 1889. For unknown reasons Blessed is He Who Smiles was not premiered at the same concert.